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Flights grounded as Typhoon Halong heads for south Japan

Published on Aug 9, 2014 4:24 PM
 
A flight information board shows flights cancelled due to Typhoon Halong at Tokyo's Haneda airport departure lobby on Aug 9, 2014. A strong typhoon lashed large areas of south-west Japan on Saturday, grounding some 460 flights and stranding thousands of holidaymakers, officials and local media said. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - A strong typhoon lashed large areas of south-west Japan on Saturday, grounding some 460 flights and stranding thousands of holidaymakers, officials and local media said.

Typhoon Halong, packing winds of up to 198 kmph, could make landfall in south-west Japan late Saturday or early Sunday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The outer bands of the storm have already brought heavy rain and strong winds to large areas of the Japanese archipelago, as television footage showed high waves triggered by the typhoon splashing over breakwaters.

The storm and torrential rains earlier this week have left one dead and four injured, public broadcaster NHK said.

 
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